"As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams."
// Daniel 1:17
Daniel and his three companions served a pagan king in Babylon, hundreds of years before Christ’s birth. They were exiles from Jerusalem – prisoners-of-war-turned-slaves. These young men had been selected from amongst the best of their generation to serve King Nebuchadnezzar. They served at the king’s pleasure, and would pay with their life if they displeased him; for exiled-men-turned-slaves, this was not their ideal dream life. But God had a plan for Babylon, and in fact throughBabylon for the whole earth, and Daniel with his friends were part of that plan.
I want to point out two things. Firstly, God gave them “learning and skill in all literature and wisdom”, but He did not read the books for them or give them a synopsis of each; they had to apply themselves in order to maximize that blessing on their lives.
What is your calling – your passion – and how might you study in order to prepare your heart for your mission? The knowledge the Lord opened up to Daniel became serviceable to the king, and by extension, to the whole kingdom. For the Lord desired to bless Babylon through the Jews He sent.
Secondly, a casual reading of the Book of Daniel proves one thing: Daniel and the other Hebrew youths served Nebuchadnezzar as if they were God’s representatives to him. They did not malign him, nor challenge him, nor insult him; rather they served him with the dignity he deserved, as pagan as he was. Does that matter to the Lord? Yes!
Recall that the positions Daniel and his friends gained in Babylon led them into direct confrontation with the king’s religious practices, and ultimately God taught Nebuchadnezzar who the true King of the Earth was – Himself. As a resultNebuchadnezzar learned to worship God as a result.
What if our mission is to bring a blessing of God’s favor to our employers, to become indispensable to them, so that with time, they will seek to know the God who has favored them through us?
// Samuel Nicolosi